INFOGRAPHIC: Europe has the highest prevalence of high cholesterol in the world

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133 million suffer from so-called “bad cholesterol” in the In the EU’s five biggest countries – Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK -, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Overall, Europe is the continent with the highest prevalence of the chronic disease, latest statistics show.

  • Europe has the highest prevalence of high cholesterol in the world, with 54% for both men and women.
  • High cholesterol or ‘bad’ cholesterol contributes to 2.6 million deaths per year, worldwide.
  • The main causes for high cholesterol are both an unhealthy lifestyle and/or genes.

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